Find a wedding officiant near Portsmouth, OH

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Portsmouth, OH

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5.0
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  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"He was absolutely amazing at officiating our wedding!!! I would highly recommend to anyone looking for someone like him!! Hands down the best around!! THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DID!!!"

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4.9
from 79 reviews
4.9
(79)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 8 years in business
  • 127 hires on Thumbtack
"Very professional, he has a great personality and very light hearted. The wedding was very simple but perfect. He introduced himself to both of our family members who were there and made each of them a part of the wedding. He had a very resonalble price and I would recommend him to anyone I know that's getting married."
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5.0
from 33 reviews
5.0
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IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 2 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
"Confidence, attention to detail, open-mindedness, and joy for the service are all themes in what Mathew offers and upholds when officiating weddings. He takes the time and makes the effort to craft every detail to make each wedding ceremony personalized. Mathew emphasizes on getting to know the couple and allowing their voice and message to be in the spotlight. His mindfulness of the mechanics of a wedding service truly makes the couple at ease and ensure the best possible experience for the couple, the wedding party, and the guests. Mathew is genuinely heartwarming and determined to make your day special. It goes without saying that he is highly recommended."
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5.0
from 9 reviews
5.0
(9)
  • 5 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"My husband and I hired Nate to be our wedding officiant and he was great. He helped us get ready for our wedding vows and handled all the paperwork on his end so we didn't have to worry. Even though my husband and I aren't religious, we really wanted Nate to be our officiant because he does so much for the LGBTQ community including creating LGBTQ affirming spaces in the churches he works for. Nate was great about respecting our wishes to keep the ceremony secular, and he was still able to make the ceremony meaningful for us. Nate is especially gifted with words both written and spoken, so I know he will be able to provide a profound ceremony for all his future clients! Thank you Nate for helping make our special day especially unique for us."
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4.5
from 11 reviews
4.5
(11)
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
"We hired Susan to perform our wedding. She was great! She allowed us to write a ceremony that reflected us and delivered it well. We appreciated her professionalism and we thank her for being a part of our big day!"
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5.0
from 10 reviews
5.0
(10)
  • 18 years in business
"Jerry Rice is the most authentic Ozzy Osbourne impersonator I have ever seen! He shows up to his gigs in character and doesn't break character until he gets home. Not only does he look like the real Ozzie, he sounds like the real Ozzie. Jerry never misses a chance to have a picture taken with a fan. He always has time for those who appreciate what he does. If you're an Ozzy Osbourne or Black Sabbath fan and are thinking about doing something different with your wedding ceremony, having Jerry Rice marry you as Ozzie Osbourne is one of the most unique ways to get married. Jerry Rice is an ordained minister and has performed 14 marriage ceremonies to date over the past two years. Jerry Rice is also available as Ozzy Osbourne for special appearances at store openings, parties or whatever event you may want to promote. He's guaranteed to get a reaction! I give Jerry Rice 5 stars for his appearance, performance and unique ability to generate interest."
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
"Joann was wonderful! She helped with everything we had questions for and she made us feel special! She I would recommend her to anyone!!"
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Steve did an excellent job with our wedding ceremony, very personal and everything we wanted for our big day."
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
"David did an amazing job officiating our wedding, he was professional and thorough and really took time to make there ceremony personal for us!!"
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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 1 year in business
"Our big day turned into a mess and Kristin at last min was able to meet us and give us the day we had wanted from the time we got up!!!! Thank you so much hun you don't know how much that meant to us. ❤❤"
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How much does it cost to officiate a wedding?

The national average cost to hire a wedding officiant is $150-$200. Wedding officiant rates are affected by the date of the ceremony, the time of day, and how far the officiant has to travel. Some officiants may charge extra for additional ceremonies like unity candles or sand ceremonies, as well as the cost of the supplies. Many wedding officiants have higher rates for larger weddings and lower rates for smaller, more intimate ceremonies. Personalizing the ceremony means a lot to some couples. Wedding officiants may have flat rates for standard ceremony templates, perhaps $100-$125, and charge more for a more customized experience, such as $150-$200. This allows the couple to collaborate with the wedding officiant as they are building a unique ceremony script. At the pre-wedding meeting, the officiant will ask whether the couple plans to write their own vows and how much input they have about the rest of the wording and flow of the ceremony. Additional planning meetings and extra communication can add up to a higher overall cost. If your venue has parking or other fees, you may need to pay on behalf of the officiant. Often wedding officiants can rent sound systems and wireless mics if you have an outdoor wedding location or venue that is not wired. These extras will also increase the overall cost.

What does it mean to officiate a wedding?

To officiate a wedding is to oversee the official union of two people in marriage. A wedding officiant is vested with the power to legitimize your union in the eyes of the court. An officiant also sets the tone for your ceremony, leading the couple through their vows and shaping the experience with the words they choose and the pace they set. An officiant may be based in a religious faith, may be an interfaith officiant, may be a secular officiant, or may be a friend or family member who has received ordination online.

You can have a traditional wedding officiated, or you can also have an officiant oversee a commitment ceremony, a vow renewal or an elopement. Once the wedding is complete, the officiant will ask you to sign the wedding certificate, and will then submit the document to the court on your behalf. This makes your marriage legal. Wedding officiants work with you no matter how simple or elaborate you would like your ceremony to be. The more involved wedding officiants are in the planning and customization of the ceremony, the more they will typically charge.

Who performs a wedding ceremony?

Anyone who is authorized by the court or a credible online source has the power to perform a wedding ceremony. Traditionally, wedding officiants were ordained members of a religious organization or civil officiants authorized by the court to legally marry two people. With the increasing customization and personalization of weddings, many couples are asking a friend or family member to become ordained and act as their wedding officiant. Wedding officiants can represent a wide range of backgrounds including Christian, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, nondenominational, interfaith or nonreligious. There is no legally required structure for a wedding ceremony, so couples can customize the language of the ceremony and their vows in any way they desire (though members of some religions may have specific requirements). To legally validate the marriage, the couple and the wedding officiant must sign a marriage certificate after the ceremony verifying the date and names of those involved. The wedding officiant should then submit the certificate to the court, which will in turn mail an official marriage certificate to the newly married couple.

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